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“Dripfeed” NEWSLETTER OF THE BANKS PENINSULA BRANCH OF THE VINTAGE CAR CLUB OF New Zealand (INC) VOLUME 41, No 4 may 2018 Editor: Michael Williams 10 Selwyn Parade Lyttelton Ph 328 8043, email

Chairman: Secretary:

Club Officers: Craig Keenan 322 1006 Ron Hasell 942 1105

Branch Address: 27 Showgate Ave, ChCh 8042 E-mail: Noggin & Natter: 2nd Thursday of the Month  

Noggin 7.30 pm at the Papanui RSA. Upham Room – enter either from 55 Bellvue Ave or the first entrance on the left on Harewood Road (Papanui / Main North Road) Thursday 10th of May. And it’s the AGM. We look forward to seeing you there. Supper is provided.

From the Editor: A very slim offering this month, as we have not had any events about which I can report. It puts me in mind of other slim volumes, e.g. “Reliable Austin 7’s I have owned”, by G. Moore and C. Cowie, “How to Enunciate Clearly”, by S. Bridges, “How to build an Innovative British Car”, by B.M.C. Leyland, ” M.G. models I approve of”, by P. Croft, “ Banks Peninsula Branch Clubroom Proposals”, by G Bain, and so on. Mentioning P.Croft brings to mind a recent incident. John MacDonald, who comes to all our events and takes superb photos, sent some of his Pomeroy photos and an accompanying article to Beaded Wheels for the next issue, and suggested a particular photo for the front cover. Back came the reply. “The photo we want for the front cover is of that red Ford driven by the bearded guy.” Great vehicle knowledge from the BW team, at least they got two of the letters correct. .A rare moment of glory for the bearded guy. Remember, you read it here first. You will all have received the agenda for the AGM, with the reports and financial statements. Do come along on Thursday to support the committee, and share your ideas about future events and any other matters you would like to raise. Colin Lewis is standing down from the committee, and on behalf of the club, I want to thank Colin for his positive and cheerful contribution to club activities. This

of course leaves a vacancy which we are keen to fill, and we would love to have a new committee member for the coming year. And if we got someone under 50, it would be a miracle! The Monte Carlo Rallye subcommittee had its first meeting last week, and it was a pleasure to welcome James Palmer back into action. James was one of the main organisers of the original event in 1993, and has kept an avuncular eye on the event over the years. The rules we use really are based on the original Monte ones, as the Palmer family had a copy, and the aim of our event was and still is to allow an Austin 7 or Fiat 501, two common club cars at the time, to win the individual event. A Fiat 501 has of course achieved this lofty pinnacle, but Austin 7’s are conspicuous by their absence, as they are seldom entered. Understandable, given that the Monte is about reliability and performance. Maybe this year? The formula is being altered slightly, to continue to encourage older cars to enter, but the points system of towns remains the same. Entry forms will be available in June. Accommodation in Akaroa is always stretched at Show Weekend, so book now for the 17 th of November. Tony Haycock has been selling his fleet recently, but then keeps buying replacements. He sold his Porsche with the engine in the proper place, (and of course never raced or rallied), and promptly bought another one with the engine in the wrong place i.e. the back. He sold one Durant coupe, and promptly bought another. The logic is inexplicable, but the new Durant coupe, after detailed research by Tony, seems to have an interesting history. Mr Durant, an American, and Mr Mathis, a Frenchman both built eponymous cars ( bearing their own name), and in 1929 -30 investigated a partnership. In Durant circles it has long been rumoured that a Mathis was sent to America for testing purposes. This car had been thought to have disappeared, but Tony has reason to believe that the car he has bought may well be the missing Mathis/Durant, that somehow ended up in New Zealand. Tony is about to travel to Europe yet again and intends to delve further into the mystery of the missing Mathis. And if his car is in fact a Mathis, it is of course eligible to be a part of that exclusive Monte Carlo team, Equipe Escargot, whose eligibility criteria demands French cars. I shall keep you posted.

Coming Events: The first three remain unchanged from last month, if they seem somewhat familiar. The AGM: Thursday 10th of May at the Papanui RSA. 7.30pm. This riveting event is a must for all those seeking political power and influence within the branch, so do come along and organise a palace coup. We are always keen for new committee members, if only to keep the current lot awake at meetings. Talk to Ron about a nomination form. Or better still, just turn up on the night. You’ll get a free supper! The Hadstock Gymkhana: To be held on Sunday the 20th of May, 9.30 am, at Hadstock, the stately home of Squire Chamberlain and his ancestors since 1066. I’m fairly sure they are mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Be that as it may, our annual gymkhana is always great fun and last year was especially thrilling, as there were lots of like, Young People, a species not often seen at our events. I hope they will return. So put it in your diary and come and see the usual variety of vehicles and drivers prove that they can’t follow simple instructions. And it’s about time someone beat Avon Hyde. To get there, turn into the Leeston Rd from Springston, then right into Bethells Rd just before the Selwyn Bridge. Go past assorted peasants, villeins and serfs, toiling on the ancestral acres, and after 2.3 k turn left into ye fallow field by the VCC sign. Irishman Creek: Although this is a Canterbury Branch event, this year it’s being organised by two Banks Peninsula branch stalwarts, James Webb and John Chamberlain so a splendid time should be guaranteed for all. The start is in Oamaru and accommodation will be at a premium, so book now.

Vaughan Morrison tells me that there is room at the St Kevins College Hostel. It’s $40 a night, breakfast is available on Saturday morning. Contact or phone Justin 027 4265370. Ron has entry forms The Night Trial: To be held on Saturday, June the 16th, this annual and popular event is organised by the surprisingly devious Michael Pidgeon, and a torch is always helpful. Phones are banned and participants may well be searched by sniffer dogs before starting. Details next month. Rosco Sporting Trial: This world famous event is on Sunday 17th of June, at Reefton, so bring your thigh waders and snorkel, as exotic Reefton can get a trifle damp. Entry forms later. For more details contact Run by the Westland VCC branch. The Targa Time Trial: Entry forms and all other relevant details are now available, so get in touch with Rod Corbett at 03 423 1551, 027 4338772. The Balcairn Trial: Sunday July the 22nd, for the annual celebration of mud, mud, glorious mud. The National Veteran Rally, Nelson, 16th – 18th of November. Although it’s a long way off, we have been asked to mention this in Dripfeed. The event celebrates 100 years of veterans, and the centenary of Armistice Day. There is a pre rally tour from the 12th – 15th, and a post rally tour from the 20 – 23rd. Get in touch with Jim Wareing for more details at jimnkyra@xtra,co,nz

Wanted: Trevor Lightfoot is looking for a surplus bottle of Duzall Soldering Flux. The plastic bottles are fluted and usually blue or green. Phone Trevor on 3851 200 in Christchurch or at

Anzac Day. On Anzac Day Malcolm McGibbon from the Canterbury Branch organised a run that visited war memorials in the Selwyn district. With approx 80 vehicles attending, it was a stunning success, and our roving reporters and features contributors Michael Pidgeon and Louise Russell went along in the Bugatti to add a bit of class to the proceedings, and have these photos to share.

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Banks Peninsula VCC May 2018  
Banks Peninsula VCC May 2018